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Colloquium: Dr. Jiang-Xiazi Lin | Brown University

In-Person PHYS 401


Physics : 401

Date & Time

January 29, 2024, 11:00 am12:00 pm


TITLE:  "Exploring emergent quantum phases in two-dimensional flat band systems”

ABSTRACT: Quantum phases such as superconductivity and ferromagnetism are among the most important topics in condensed matter physics research. Recently, a family of two-dimensional flat band systems, including magic-angle twisted graphene, uncovered an abundance of symmetry breaking and novel quantum phases. A lot of these emergent quantum phases are driven by strong electron interactions when the charge carriers populate the flat energy bands.

In this talk, I will introduce the recent advances in these materials and give two examples of how we engineered and revealed new quantum phases of matter in twisted graphene. These include an orbital ferromagnetic state induced by spin-orbit coupling and a zero-field superconducting diode effect. In the
last part of the talk, I will present our discovery of a new type of Coulomb-driven rotational symmetry breaking state in the moiré-less bilayer graphene. These examples establish the two-dimensional flat band systems as a versatile platform with multiple tuning knobs, where new physics emerges from the
interplay between various quantum phases.